Sen. Ben Sasse Live-Tweeting His Daughter's Piano Recital Shows Every Parent's Struggle

U.S. Senator Ben Sasse with his wife, Melissa, and daughters Elizabeth and Alexandra. (AP Photo/The Hastings Tribune, Laura Beahm)

Ben Sasse, the junior senator from Nebraska, is known for his rock-solid conservatism and his common touch with constituents. But he’s also a regular dad who sometimes can’t avoid participating in some of the parenting duties that we all tend to groan and complain about. Such was the case when Sasse attended his child’s piano recital on Tuesday. As anyone who’s ever attended one knows, those things can go on forever. Except for the brief few minutes when your child is playing, the rest of the recital is usually an exercise in patience (how many times can you listen to “Fur Elise” without losing your mind?) and fighting to stay awake. Sasse, with an assist from Twitter, fought the good fight and endured to the end.

It started out well enough—with a positive attitude from Sen. Sasse: 

Who knew? Every parent who has ever attended a piano recital, that’s who.

No participation trophies either, I guess.

This is the part where the fifth iteration of “Fur Elise” begins to get old:

Then utter despair begins to set in:

Thank goodness, Sasse’s brother-in-law saves the day:

(In case you’re wondering, here’s the history of why people yell “Play Freebird” at concerts, though strangely, the utter misery of piano recitals is not listed as a reason.)

We agree with this next one:

It feels that way when you’re in the middle of one, doesn’t it? Poor guy.


Delerium setting in:

If only. Then they’d be bearable.

That. Is. Awesome.

Sadly. There will be no video. America mourns.

But uh oh…

You know what you need to do, America!

Fortunately, looks like Sasse (and his tweets) survived:

Thanks for sharing, Sen. Sasse!